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Zuma reaffirms freedom of expression in SA
20 October 2014 – President Jacob Zuma has reaffirmed the country's commitment to freedom of expression, 37 years since so-called Black Wednesday. He met members of the media in Pretoria on…

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Editor’s note: James Stavridis is dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and former supreme allied commander at NATO. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author

(CNN) — Recent developments off the coast of Sweden raise many questions, and we do not as yet have answers.

Last week, Swedish media reported that the country’s military was searching for an underwater vessel, possibly a Russian submarine, after an emergency radio transmission allegedly made in Russian (although Russia has denied it has any vessels in Swedish waters).

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Now, as the Swedish Navy continues to search for the unidentified undersea vessel that may have penetrated the country’s territorial waters, it’s worth keeping in mind some key facts to help place the issue in perspective.

For a start, anti-submarine warfare is complex and very difficult to execute properly. Especially in the close confines of territorial waters, the advantages tend to accrue to the submarine. The rocky floor of an inland sea like the Baltic can mask acoustic signatures that give watching ships, helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft the ability to track and identify a subsurface contact.

Second, this is happening against the backdrop of the Swedish Navy and Air Force having suffered significant budget cuts over the past decades. As a general proposition, the Swedes have a capable and professional force. But since the end of the Cold War, they have not invested heavily in anti-submarine warfare capability.

They are not alone in this regard — many of the other European nations have likewise cut back in this area given a sense that anti-submarine warfare was something they would have needed against the USSR during the Cold War but less so during pre-Ukrainian crisis days with Russia.

And although Sweden is not a NATO member, meaning this operation is a national effort, it is a very strong partner to NATO and has been involved deeply in positive ways in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Libya and other operations. Yet the fact remains that there is no treaty obligation on the part of NATO to be involved. If the Swedes ask for help, it is likely that NATO would respond, but to date they have not done so.

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Papantonio: How Florida Elected A Criminal Governor
This segment originally aired on the October 19th, 2014 episode of Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. Florida is one of the most important swing states in the country, and conservative money…

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Cryptocurrency may be the future, but it lives in what is, for many, still a cash world.

So while bitcoin advocates push for ways to encourage people to use the digital form of payment, they also must meet consumers and their wallets where they are.

A company that plans to install as many as 100 bitcoin ATMs by year’s end installed the region’s first of the machines Monday night at Fells Point bar Bad Decisions. More are planned for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Amtrak stations, Wal-Marts and 7-Eleven stores around the region.

While usage of bitcoin is still low even at establishments like Bad Decisions, a well-known early adopter of technology and social media advocates hope the ATMs will make it easier for technophiles to give bitcoin a try.

“It’s going to be an easy entry point for consumers to actually get bitcoins,” said Josh Riddle, CEO and co-founder of Bitsie, a Baltimore startup that works with brick-and-mortar stores to help them accept bitcoin payments.

Otherwise, the virtual currency exists solely online. A public ledger system tracks who owns which bitcoins, each of which was worth about $380 as of Monday. Most bitcoin users get them by buying them on one of a host of online exchanges, or by accepting them for goods or services being sold. Bitcoin “miners” generate new bitcoins by helping to process and verify bitcoin transactions.

The currency is not backed or controlled by any government, but its advocates say it is safer than traditional money. The transactions are secured by “military grade cryptography,” according to the Bitcoin Foundation, and the codes that are assigned to bitcoins that verify a person’s ownership can be stored on devices that don’t remain connected to the Internet, protecting them from hackers.

But uncertainty over the safety and future of bitcoins has contributed to wild swings in their value. Bitcoins, which can be divided in pieces down to eight decimal places, have lost two-thirds of their value since hitting a peak of nearly $1,150 apiece in December 2013.

Bitcoin ATMs allow users to quickly use cash to buy bitcoins or to turn their bitcoins into bills. There are only about two dozen around the country; until Monday, the closest ones to Baltimore were in New York, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

The North Carolina-based company Coin Outlet installed the machine at Bad Decisions, a logical choice because it is the site of a regular meetup of bitcoin enthusiasts, Coin Outlet CEO Eric Grill said. But the plan is to go well beyond the bar Coin Outlet has a relationship with Locant Services, a company that operates kiosks for payphones, ATMs and other services at 100,000 locations across the country.

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Hearing echoes of Berkeley in student activism today
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, became the first large-scale campus student movement in the country. The demonstrations set the stage for the anti-Vietn…

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In Colvard Student Union. MSU’s African-American Studies program hosts the event. Includes remarks from Freedom Summer volunteers, students, activists, photographers and scholars. Registration required.

More than 900 brave, determined and resilient volunteers flooded Mississippi in 1964 for the Freedom Summer Project, and Mississippi State University is celebrating that effort’s impact on equality and human rights.

The Freedom Summer Project called volunteers, mostly northern white college students, to launch the drive to register blacks to vote in Mississippi, the state with the lowest percentage of black voters at that time. After Freedom Summer activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwermer were murdered in June by the Ku Klux Klan for registering Neshoba County blacks to vote, national outcry led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Remembering Freedom Summer: Building a Better Future” will be held at MSU Oct. 19-21 in Colvard Student Union. While the conference is free and open to the public, participants should register in advance at http://www.aas.msstate.edu/fsc/reg.

Numerous Freedom Summer volunteers, students, activists and photographers will speak, as well as recognized scholars from MSU and other universities all over the country.

Plenary sessions include:

–Oct. 20, 8 a.m., “Remembering Freedom Summer.” Freedom Summer students and volunteers speaking will be 1961 Freedom Rider and Freedom Summer activist Dave Dennis, Freedom Summer volunteer Chude Allen, Freedom Summer volunteer Mark Levy, Freedom Summer organizer Doris Derby, Colum Law Firm attorney and founder Wilbur Colom, Freedom Summer organizer Hollis Watkins and Freedom Summer activist Anthony Harris, as well as Starkville Vice Mayor Roy A Perkins. Finance and economics professor Meghan J. Millea will chair and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Gregory Dunaway will offer the welcome. Charles E. Cobb Jr., visiting professor of African Studies at Brown University, will moderate.

–Oct. 20, 1 p.m., “Plenary Session B.” Featured speakers will be MSU African-American Studies Senior Fellow K.C. Morrison, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan, former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and Freedom Summer volunteer Chude Allen.

–Oct. 21, 8 a.m., “Freedom Summer: Building a Better Future.” Academics and activists in the panel will be The Montgomery Institute President Bill Scaggs, Florida A&M University assistant professor Kristal Moore Clemons, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication Dean Mark McPhail, Dave Dennis, Wilbur Colom and Mercer University professor Anthony J. Harris. WCBI-TV news anchor and reporter Andrea Self will chair, and MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert will offer the welcome. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman will give remarks, and Cobb will moderate.

Other distinguished speakers will be authors Susan Follett, Francoise Hamlin, Michael Williams and Flonzie Brown Wright, along with additional Freedom Summer students and volunteers Roy DeBerry, Roscoe Jones, Larry Rubin and Gloria Clark. Academic speakers will represent University of Florida, University of Texas, College of Charleston, University of North Carolina, Alcorn State University and Miami University.

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Dumb arguments against libertarianism are increasing, as guardians of the expansive state begin to worry that the country might actually be trending in a libertarian direction. This may not be the dumbest, but as Nick Gillespie said of a different argument two weeks ago, its the most recent:

The deadly drug war in Long Islands Hempstead ghetto is a harrowing example of free-market, laissez-faire capitalism, with a heavy dose of TEC-9s

Were looking to market, sell and profit off drugs the way any business would handle their product, Tony says. Only our product is illegal, so more precautions need to be taken. Its all systematic and planned, all the positions and responsibilities and assignments. All of thats part of our business strategy. Its usually real smooth and quiet, because thats the best environment for us to make bank. But now, we at war, man. Aint nothing quiet these days.

Deutsch describes the competition between the local Crips and Bloods in terms not usually seen in articles about, say, Apple and Microsoft or Ford and Toyota:

As for strategies, they seem to have settled on a war of attrition, aiming to kill or maim as many of their enemies as possible.

Theyre far better armed and willing to use violence than the smaller neighborhood cliques scattered throughout Nassau County.

Theyre also able to keep out other competitors through use of brute force.

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NATO-Georgia Future: Kremlin-backed insurgents in Ukraine alarms Georgia over Russia
Georgia will defy any Russian pressure not to host a NATO training centre on its territory or to strengthen its ties with the West, according to the country's defence minister. Check out…

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Before hackers, there were code breakers.

During World War II and continuing into the Cold War, government agents and private-sector technologists worked together to crack enemy ciphers, often building new machines to aid the effort.

Today many Americans associate the National Security Agency with efforts to hide the government’s top-secret work from the general population. But that’s not the case at the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum, located in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. It houses many examples of the country’s top-secret code-breaking history, from spy plane wreckage to computers that were truly ahead of their time.

Here’s a sampling of the spy secrets now on display from the government’s most secretive agency.

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Humane Society International, an NGO which had been campaigning for it, said the Indian government inserted a new rule 135-B in Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, banning import of such products.

“No cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country,” the official notification, which will come into effect from Nov 13, said.

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Helsinki, Finland Seven months ago, when Russia seized and annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, Finns seemed relatively unconcerned. The world’s northernmost country shares some 800 miles of border with its huge neighbor, but just a quarter of Finns said they felt threatened by Moscow. And a similar number told pollsters their country should consider joining NATO in interest of self-defense.

Since then, Russia’s behavior has become more provocative, and not just in eastern Ukraine. During one week in August, Russian military aircraft conducted three unauthorized overflightsof Finnish airspace. The Finnish public reacted accordingly. A poll last month by Finnish daily Aamulehti showed that 43 percent of those polled perceived Russia as a danger, an increase of nearly 20 percent from March.

But support for Finland joining NATO remained almost unchanged: a mere two percent higher, the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation (YLE) found. Why hasnt Finnish wariness translated into stronger support for NATO membership? And what, if anything, would persuade Finns to join the defense pact?

Defense Minister Carl Haglund says that the foundation for the Finnish publics aversion to NATO membership stems from its complicated, and oft-misunderstood relationship with Russia. This [reluctance] goes back to [our] history, he says, especially the end of the Second World War and the cold war.

Put it this way,” says Pekka Ervasti, political editor of YLE. “Finnish neutrality dies hard.

The 1948 treaty which Finland signed with the USSR which defeated Finland in two wars during World War II codified its enforced rapprochement with the Kremlin. Finland agreed not to join or assist NATO, which was established the following year. The treaty laid the basis for the peaceable and mutually beneficial relationship between Finland and the USSR which followed, along with half a century of Finnish military non-alignment. Active neutrality, Helsinki called it.

Critics had another term for it: Finlandization the process by which a democracy such as Finland avoided provoking Moscow, in return for independence and trading privileges. It’s a policy that served Finns well for decades, and many are reluctant toabandon it.

A dose ofanti-Americanism is also at play, adds Ervasti. People feel that NATO is run by Americans and they fear that the US will drag us into foreign wars, like Iraq. Others worry that nuclear weapons will be stationed here.

Then there’s the bottom line for business.Im not sure whether joining NATO is such a great idea in the long run, says Ami Hasan, head of Hasan & Partners, a leading Helsinki ad agency. Russia with its 150 million people is a huge potential trading partner for Finland and we have 1,300 kilometers of shared border. I doubt that Russia would be thrilled to share it with NATO.

Despite the generally warm relationship between the two countries in recent years, Russian officials have explicitly warned Finland against joining NATO. In June 2012, Russian Chief of Staff Nikolai Makarov, sounding much like the Soviet bear of yore, said that cooperation between NATO and Finland, which joined NATOs Partnership for Peace affiliate program in 1994, threatened Russias security.

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A U.S. army soldier, center, takes his position at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. An Afghan official said a suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy in Kabul killed one civilian and wounded three others. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A mountain ambush by Taliban fighters killed at least 14 Afghan security force troops, authorities said Monday, as villagers elsewhere in the country alleged a NATO airstrike that the coalition said targeted militants actually killed civilians.

The fighting in Sari Pul province, as well as the disputed NATO airstrike in eastern Paktia province, show the serious challenges facing new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Former President Hamid Karzai repeatedly clashed with NATO forces over civilian casualties from airstrikes, straining relations as public anger against the coalition grew.

The ambush in Sari Pul, where Taliban fighters reportedly have been massing for days, happened Sunday in its Kohistanat district. There, militants opened fire on an Afghan Army unit heading back to the capital after several months being deployed there, killing 12 soldiers and two police officers, said Kazim Kenhan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Kenhan said 13 troops and four police officers were wounded and six troops are missing after the ambush there, some 340 kilometers (210 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul.

“A very intensive gun battle is going on right now and the casualty number might change overnight,” Kenhan said Monday. “It is a mountainous area and very difficult to reach. We do need air support as we requested from the international forces, but they didn’t help us.”

In Paktia province, hundreds of villagers protested over their allegation that a NATO airstrike killed seven civilians in an operation NATO said killed “eight armed enemy combatants.”

The protesters brought seven corpses to the governor’s office there, claiming they were civilians killed Sunday during a NATO airstrike in a mountainous area on the outskirts of the city of Gardez. The villagers said the strike targeted eight people collecting firewood and left one man wounded.

“From the evidence it seems that all seven who have been killed in the airstrike of the coalition forces are civilians, but this needs to be investigated more to find out why and how this incident has happened,” said Abdul Wali Sahee, deputy provincial governor of Paktia province.

Sahee said that there was a dead body of a 12-year-old boy among those brought to the provincial capital.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A mountain ambush by Taliban fighters killed at least 14 Afghan security force troops, authorities said Monday, as villagers elsewhere in the country alleged a NATO airstrike that the coalition said targeted militants actually killed civilians.

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A solid landmark to freedom was unveiled late Sunday afternoon at the south end of the LeClaire levee.

The Scott County Freedom Rock shone brightly in an unveiling ceremony that was held after the 25th annual LeClaire Lions Club Apple Fest.

A chilly, misty rain that began earlier in the day cut short the event for some vendors and visitors. Most of the people in the crowd of about 100 held umbrellas as speakers talked about the meaning of the rock before it was unveiled.

Freedom Rock committee members Kari and Loren Long of LeClaire said the weather didnt hurt Sundays apple pie contest.

We had six judges that judged on appearance, taste and texture, Kari Long said. We sold the pies, piece by piece, for $1 a piece. The $400 raised, Army veteran Loren Long said, will embellish the Freedom Rock, which will have additional lighting, landscaping and a story board. Our works not done, he added.

In regard to the rain, People this really meant something to still came out, Loren Long said. This is for all of Scott County this isnt just for LeClaire. Its been an honor to serve on the committee.

During the unveiling ceremony, Joey Dwyer sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Among the speakers was LeClaire Mayor Bob Scannell, as well as Sgt. Maj. Brian Marone, sergeant major of the U. S. Army Sustainment Command, Distribution Management Center. He called the unveiling a very special moment for LeClaire, Scott County and the Quad-Cities.

Marone said the paint on the rock contains the ashes of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nathan Cox, who was 32 when he died in 2008 in Afghanistan. May it stand here forever, he said.

It is such a great honor in memory not only of Nathan, but all those who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice, said Annie Cox of Davenport, Coxs widow.

You guys have such a rich history here, said artist Ray Bubba Sorensen II, who painted the rock. Sorensen said he likes to paint eagles and Old Glory. He explained that, on the Scott County rock, he depicted an eagle with a ribbon in its mouth, with the ribbon going across the county. The rock also includes an image of Buffalo Bill, LeClaire’s favorite son.

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Most people pass through the country's border checkpoints by answering standard questions about their citizenship. But lately, citing the Fifth Amendment, some have refused to answer.

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The criminal action taken by South Korean prosecutors against a former Seoul bureau chief of Japans Sankei Shimbun daily on the charge that his column posted online in August defamed President Park Geun-hye raises serious questions about the countrys commitment to freedom of the press. It could border on abuse of power if the South Korean investigators are using the charge of libel against a public figure like the president selectively on members of the media that are critical of her administration.

The column in question quoted rumors originally reported in the South Korean media and circulating in the financial industry that Park was with a man during the seven hours when her whereabouts was unconfirmed on April 16 the day the passenger ferry Sewol sank and killed more than 300 people, mostly teenagers on a school trip. The writer, Tatsuya Kato, was indicted Oct. 8 without being detained. He had been questioned three times by the prosecutors and banned from leaving the country since early August even though he was relieved of his position as bureau chief as of Oct. 1.

The Seoul prosecutors charge that Katos column defamed Parks reputation by carrying information without the minimum backup reporting necessary to support its validity.

The presidents office says Park was inside the presidential compound during the hours in question. The prosecutors were acting on a criminal complaint filed by a local conservative civic group against the article, but it would be safe to assume that the administration was behind the push for the indictment, given that a senior official of the presidents office said earlier that the South Korean authorities would pursue civil and criminal charges against the journalist.

When South Korea was under the rule of a succession of military dictators until the 1980s, people could be punished for defamation of the state by criticizing those in power.

Although such a law was abolished in the countrys subsequent democratization, certain restrictions linger on freedom of thought and expression, such as a national security law that can subject people to penalties for praising North Korea, which Seoul deems as illegally occupying the northern half of the peninsula.

There is reportedly criticism that the Park administration is also using the libel charge as a tool not only against members of the media but also against opposition lawmakers and lawyers that are critical of the government.

That no criminal action has been taken against or investigations made of Chosun Ilbo, a leading conservative South Korean newspaper that originally reported the rumors, has raised the question of whether the investigators selectively targeted the Japanese daily, which takes a position critical of the Park administration on many of the disputes between Japan and South Korea.

Sankei, which strongly protested and called for retraction of the action by the Seoul prosecutors, has said that the column was not meant to defame the president but to serve the publics interest by reporting on the developments in South Korea concerning the top government leaders whereabouts on the day the major accident took place.

Maximum restraint is urged on the use of defamation charges by those in power since such an action can be considered discretionary as a way of intimidating the people and organizations that criticize them.

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The double Irish scheme allows firms to reduce real taxation bills well below Irelands already low 12.5pc corporation tax rate, breaks that are deeply resented in higher tax eurozone countries such as France.

Under the scheme, an Irish operating company pays fees for intellectual property to a second, related Irish company, which benefits from tax residence outside Ireland.

Companies are then able to exploit different residence rules in US and Irish taxation codes, allowing American companies to move profits into tax havens like Bermuda.

According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the double Irish scheme resulted in implicit tax rates as low as 2.2pc for some of the worlds biggest corporations that are also major job providers in Ireland.

This summer, the commission began legal proceedings over Irish tax breaks given to Apple, which led to the US technology giant having to pay back billions of dollars.

EU moves to close down the low Irish corporate tax regime are controversial in Ireland because foreign investment is credited with helping the country emerge relatively unscathed from a eurozone bailouts programme, unlike Portugal, Greece or Cyprus.

Under pressure, Mr Noonan is considering closing the arrangement to new entrants from next year is wary of being seen to bow to Brussels because of lingering public hostility to eurozone austerity measures imposed by the EU.

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The Faroe Islands, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, wont observe European Union sanctions the country says make no economic sense as its fish farmers predict a surge in exports to Russia.

I have a responsibility to my people and I dont believe in boycotts, Home Rule Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen said yesterday in a phone interview. They always end up hurting the wrong people.

The north Atlantic archipelago, settled by Norse Vikings, has stayed outside the European Union and, unlike non-EU member Norway, has ignored the sanctions against Russia. That means it hasnt been hit by President Vladimir Putins retaliatory trade ban. Bakkafrost P/F (BAKKA), based in the Faroese town of Glyvrar, predicted last month the development will more than triple its fish exports to Russia.

Criticism from abroad has been very muted, 50-year-old Johannesen said. Ive explained the situation to Brussels, to Danish lawmakers and to the Obama administration when I traveled to Washington and New York recently.

Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said he doesnt want to be the umpire in this matter, in a brief interview today. Its no crime not to be a member of the EU nor is it a crime not to be the subject of a boycott. On the other hand, its clear that the EU expects that others dont take advantage of the situation to capture market from countries impacted by the boycott.

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A fishing boat unloads its catch at the dock in Klaksvik, the second largest city in the Faroe Islands.

Russia, which accounts for about 7 percent of global Atlantic salmon demand, imposed its food ban on countries backing sanctions at the beginning of August. The standoff has left the Faroes, which supply about 4 percent of world output, in a unique position to provide Russians with fresh salmon.

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NSA tech spying hurts economy: Sen. Wyden

PALO ALTO (Calif.): Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are undercutting the Internet economy and want Congress to step up stalled reform.

“We’re going to end up breaking the Internet,” warned Google Inc.’s Schmidt during a public forum Wednesday convened by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who has been an outspoken critic of electronic data-gathering by the National Security Agency. Schmidt and executives from Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp. and other firms say revelations of extensive NSA surveillance are prompting governments in Europe and elsewhere to consider laws requiring that their citizens’ online data be stored within their national borders.

Rules like that would drive up costs and create technical obstacles to the way the Internet currently operates, making it “profoundly difficult in terms of our ability to deliver services,” said Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch.

Brad Smith, general counsel for Microsoft, said some European customers are worried their data will be more vulnerable to U.S. government snooping, although he declined to give specific examples.

“The reality is this is a real problem for American tech companies,” said Smith. “If trust falls, then the prospects for business are hurt.”

Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and chairman of the Finance Committee, convened the roundtable in the Palo Alto High School gym, where he played basketball as a student in the 1960s.

He said he will take the executives’ message back to Washington, where bills to curb surveillance have stalled. Prospects for passing a reform bill this fall are shrinking, Wyden told The Associated Press.

“I’m going to my best to use this. What I’m going to do is say there’s a clear and present danger to the Internet economy,” Wyden said.

Wyden contends that the government’s “digital dragnet” of phone calls, emails and online communications doesn’t make the country safer, and only hurts the U.S. economy.

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Dread Scott Performs “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide”
A slow-motion video of a portion of Dread Scott's performance of “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide” (October 7, 2014, DUMBO Brooklyn)

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